Best activities for summer holidays in Courchevel

Courchevel in summer: what to do on your French Alps holiday when the snow has briefly disappeared for the season.
Courchevel merits its reputation as a prime location for luxury skiing holidays, with snow not fully melting until April/May on the upper slopes. However, when winter ends, the summer party kicks off and a whole range of outdoor activities come into their own. Rock climbing, hot-air ballooning and mountain biking are among the most popular activities, but see below for our favourites and a link for a full list of what’s going on in summer.

Best for rock climbing - Guides Courchevel

Great for families and experienced climbers alike, the expert guides at Bureau des Guides Courchevel offer a variety of outings onto the wonderful climbing conditions offered by the mountains that surround Courchevel.

Best for hot-air ballooning - Ski Vol

The only way to get higher than the mountains themselves is to take to the air, and with 20 years of experience, a hot-air balloon with Ski Vol is the best way to do just that. Soar heavenwards and enjoy jaw dropping views normally only reserved for the birds, but without any of the effort.

Best for mountain biking - VTT 3 Vallées

When the snow melts, a mountain biking dreamland reveals itself. Like the ski pistes, there are mountain biking descents to suit all abilities, from the gentle to the downright hair-raising. Groups or individuals are well catered for by VTT 3 Vallées, who are the region’s specialist mountain biking company.

Best for canyoning

An exhilarating combination of climbing, abseiling and swimming, canyoning will take you along the route of one of the region’s many cascading rivers, with Mother Nature’s obstacles and challenges along the way. A great group or family activity for a safe yet adrenaline packed summer adventure awaits with Aventure Montagne.

Best for horse riding

Take a relaxed summer stroll in the cool forests of the Courchevel valley to relax and enjoy the views at a more relaxed pace. With ponies and horses to cater for all ages, and even the option to be a passenger in a classic horse-drawn carriage, Le Village des Poneys are Courchevel’s main horse-riding specialists.

Best for white water rafting

Navigate the cascading, churning Doron de Bozol with the experts at Chardon Loisirs, for everyone aged 14 or older. Take on rapids and relax on the calmer stretches of this challenging and popular river.

Best for Via Ferrata

Climb to the skies with Aventure Montagne on this unique network of iron poles that stick out of the mountains themselves. Originally for the Italian military, this network has become more and more popular as it offers a unique experience and the sensation of rock climbing with less physical exertion. Still, it’s an energetic summer sport suitable for all ages that offers incredible views.

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